New camera system to offer high-resolution images and video of lunar landings | 1/25/2005 | Staff
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A new spacecraft-mounted camera system funded by NASA is poised to return the first high-resolution video of a landing plume as it lands on the moon.

The Heimdall camera system project, headed by Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist R. Aileen Yingst, consists of four color cameras and a DVR to store images until they can be uplinked to Earth.

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"The camera system will return the highest resolution images of the undisturbed lunar surface yet obtained, which is important for understanding regolith properties," Yingst said. "We will be able to essentially video the landing in high resolution for the first time, so we can understand how the plume behaves—how far it spreads, how long particles are lofted. This information is crucial for the safety of future landings.

"Like its namesake in Norse mythology Heimdall the watchman of the gods, the Heimdall camera system has broad vision—it is designed to image a lunar landing site from above the horizon to the ground directly below...
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